Spring is knocking at our doors. As you start storing your winter clothes and preparing your home for the upcoming summer months, take time to show your HVAC in Walnut Creek the love it deserves. Summer can be a testing time for HVAC systems. Here are some tips to ensure your HVAC system is capable of maintaining the internal temperature and ideal humidity level in your house for maximum comfort during summer.
Change Your Filter: Your HVAC filter is one of the most important parts of an HVAC system. Filters are designed to purify the circulated air by trapping contaminants that can adversely impact your health and comfort. Dust, dander, and dirt particles in impure air accumulate in and around the filter, impacting its efficiency. HVAC systems with clogged filters have to work extremely hard and need more energy to perform their functions.
To save on energy bills, replace your HVAC filter at least once every month. Studies show that regularly replacing filters can help lower electricity bills by up to 15 percent. A clean filter will work to improve your indoor air quality and cooling. Many HVAC contractors recommend replacing traditional filters with high-efficiency pleated filters that generate an electrostatic charge to attract and trap contaminants.
Make Sure the Drainage Hole is Unobstructed: Every air conditioner has a drainage hole that drains away from the water used for cooling the air circulated by the system. A clogged drainage hole is a recipe for disaster and can impact the efficiency of the system, leading to astronomical energy bills. To steer clear of the issue, clean your system’s drainage hole. For small holes that cannot be manually cleaned, use a paperclip or small wire. The hole should be kept clean and unobstructed at all times.
Switch to a Programmable Thermostat
Still using a manual, non-programmable thermostat? Now is the right time to bring a smart, programmable thermostat home. A programmable thermostat will allow you to create a schedule according to the routine of your family.
Unlike non-programmable thermostats, programmable thermostats do not have to be continuously adjusted. You can use your programmable thermostat to create multiple climate zones within your home, which is an effective way to increase its energy efficiency. Additionally, programmable thermostats allow you to take advantage of the different times of the day and temperature variations depending on the season. Smart thermostats can be controlled remotely using a compatible device (usually a smartphone). Some advanced thermostats come with a sensor that reminds you to check and replace your filter, while others have a feature that allows you to lock your settings.
When buying a programmable thermostat, make sure it is capable of controlling the equipment you intend to pair it with. If, for instance, you have a two-stage air conditioner, look for a thermostat designed to handle the complication that comes with a dual-stage system. Look for a programmable thermostat with as many terminals as your current thermostat.
Thoroughly Clean and Maintain the Area Around the Exterior Unit
Keeping the area around your exterior unit clean is as important as periodically cleaning the different parts of your HVAC. Make sure there are no obstructions around your exterior unit. Get rid of fallen leaves, debris, branches, and dirt around the exterior unit. Periodically trim grass, bushes, and plants to prevent them from obstructing the airflow. Gently rinse out debris on the unit with a garden hose.
Keep at least two feet around the exterior unit unobstructed to allow maximum airflow. Do not plant plants close to the outdoor unit. The idea is to create a clear zone that allows your AC unit to pull in fresh air required to cool your home.
When maintaining your outdoor unit, take a close look at its fins. Use a fin comb to straighten bent or misaligned fins. Clean them to get rid of accumulated dirt.
Make Sure Your HVAC is Cooling Effectively: Living with an AC that fails to cool evenly can be a frustrating experience. Before summer arrives, perform a simple test to check your air conditioner’s efficiency. Set your thermostat to a few degrees lower than your indoor temperature. Wait till your HVAC turns on. Once the system starts functioning, check whether cool air is coming out of the vents. If you spot any problems such as weird noises or uneven cooling, ask your HVAC expert to conduct a detailed inspection.
Get Your Ductwork Inspected and Maintained: A study estimates that in an average home, around one-fourth of cooled air escapes through cracks and gaps in the ductwork of the HVAC system. To ensure your HVAC does not have to put in extra efforts to maintain an ideal internal temperature, ask your HVAC contractor to seal leaky holes and joints. Get your ductwork thoroughly cleaned. Some benefits of duct cleaning are:
● Better energy efficiency
● An HVAC system with clean ductwork circulates less dust which simplifies the task of maintaining your home’s living space
● Fewer expensive repairs
● Better system performance
● Regular duct cleaning is an effective way to improve indoor air quality
Schedule Seasonal Maintenance: Schedule maintenance before summer knocks on the door even if you do not notice any signs of wear and tear or distress. Remember, some symptoms can go unnoticed for a long time, which is why it is important to stick to your maintenance schedule. Ask your HVAC contractor to perform a thorough spring technical inspection.
During a maintenance session, an HVAC expert performs several important tasks such as conducting tests to diagnose system issues and checking connectors and refrigerant pressure. The professional will thoroughly clean different parts and replace malfunctioning parts.
Is your malfunctioning HVAC system giving you sleepless nights? Relax! Connolly Heating and Air Conditioning are here to help. We are a team of seasoned HVAC experts. No matter the type of HVAC system you are using, we will come up with a solution to your repair nightmare. Call Connolly Heating and Air Conditioning at (925) 288-1408 for a team of NATE-certified technicians that can perform any HVAC job, no matter how simple or challenging.